In 1972, the residents of the South West Slopes were seeking a more adaptable, accessible banking alternative. Driven by this need, South West Slopes Credit Union was established, and we have pursued our mission to provide an alternative banking services and foster stronger communities ever since.

Fast-forward to 2024, and the landscape has evolved significantly. Changes are also afoot within our organisation. Starting from April 2024, we are thrilled to unveil our refreshed identity. We are transitioning from South West Slopes Credit Union (SWSCU) to SWSbank.

This decision was not made lightly; extensive research and consultation guided our path. Having proudly served as South West Slopes Credit Union for over five decades, we recognise that clarity matters. Independent studies reveal that many Australians lack a clear understanding of what a Credit Union truly is.

As we expand our impact and remain committed to our mission, we aim to engage, attract, and retain younger generations. They will carry forward the legacy of customer-owned banking. We firmly believe that our name change positions us for success in achieving this goal.

Rest assured, while our appearance may evolve, the essence remains unchanged. SWSbank continues to be owned by its members and operated by local community members—this fundamental principle remains unwavering.

Our physical presence spans the South West Slopes region, where we live, dine, work, drive, shop, and educate our children. We remain committed to meeting our members’ evolving needs, combining traditional service values with modern banking conveniences.

SWSbank signifies more than a name change; it symbolises a redefinition of banking—for our members and communities. We empower you, our valued members, by ushering in a new era of banking—one that is customer-owned, community-driven, and purpose-led.

To our loyal members, thank you for embarking on this journey with us. As we chart the course for the next 50 years and beyond, your insights will continue to guide our decisions.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this transition, please reach out to us at or call 02 6384 1111. Our friendly local team is here to assist.

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